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Osmo Vänskä /// Music Director

Tchaikovsky Marathon continues with concerts featuring pianist Kyle Orth and Principal Cello Anthony Ross


Music Director Osmo Vänskä conducts two different programs on January 5 and 6 as part of Minnesota Orchestra’s Tchaikovsky Marathon

Pianist Kyle Orth performs Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 2, January 5                                                             

Principal Cello Anthony Ross plays Variations on a Rococo Theme, January 6

Continuing their 2018 Tchaikovsky marathon that began on New Year’s Eve, the Minnesota Orchestra performs two all-Tchaikovsky programs on the first weekend of January, both conducted by Music Director Osmo Vänskä. The first concert, on Friday, January 5, begins with Capriccio italien and ends with the adventurous Fourth Symphony. At the center of the program, pianist Kyle Orth—Grand Prize winner of the Friends of the Minnesota Orchestra Young Artist Competition in 2016—performs Tchaikovsky’s Second Piano Concerto. Then, on Saturday, January 6, Minnesota Orchestra Principal Cello Anthony Ross is featured in a performance of Variations on a Rococo Theme on a program that also includes Tchaikovsky’s Second and Fifth Symphonies. The January 6 program is repeated on Friday, January 12, at 8 p.m.

The concerts are performed at the Minnesota Orchestra’s home venue in downtown Minneapolis, Orchestra Hall, on Friday, January 5, at 8 p.m. and Saturday, January 6, at 8 p.m., with ticket prices ranging from $34 to $96. Tickets are available online at and by phone at
612-371-5656. For further purchasing details, refer to the section at the conclusion of this press release.     

The Minnesota Orchestra’s Tchaikovsky Marathon offers the Russian composer’s six numbered symphonies, five of his works for soloist and orchestra, a suite from the ballet Swan Lake, chamber music and other familiar and rarely-heard works in a series of concerts at Orchestra Hall from December 31 to January 14. All performances are conducted by Music Director Osmo Vänskä.

Osmo Vänskä, conductor
Finnish conductor Osmo Vänskä, the Minnesota Orchestra’s tenth music director, is renowned internationally for his compelling interpretations of the standard, contemporary and Nordic repertoires. In addition to the Orchestra’s May 2015 tour to Cuba, he has led the Orchestra on five major European tours, the most recent of which took place in August 2016, as well as regular tours to communities across Minnesota. His recording projects with the Minnesota Orchestra have also met with great success, including the 2014 Grammy Award for Best Orchestral Performance for their recording of Sibelius’ First and Fourth Symphonies on the BIS Records label. Newly released in 2017 is their recording of Mahler’s Fifth Symphony, which has recently earned a Grammy Award nomination. More:


Kyle Orth, piano
Since making his solo debut at age 15, Kyle Orth has appeared with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Israel Symphony Orchestra, Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, Orquesta Sinfónica de Oaxaca (Mexico), Dallas Chamber Symphony, Missouri Symphony Orchestra and Springfield Symphony Orchestra, among others. He has won many additional awards including first place in the Dallas International Piano Competition, Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) Yamaha Senior Piano Competition, Lennox International Young Artist's Competition, Midland-Odessa National Young Artist Competition and Hellam Young Artists Competition. He has presented solo recitals in Cabo San Lucas and Oaxaca, Mexico, and at the MFA Boston, Dallas Museum of Art, Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth and Meadows Museum. More:

Capriccio italien; Piano Concerto No. 2; Symphony No. 4
Capriccio italien opens with a striking military bugle call and continues with episodes based on Italian songs, both lyrical and lively, before the work closes with a sizzling tarantella dance.

A thundering march launches the Second Piano Concerto, which initially segregates soloist and orchestra. The middle movement offers a surprise—the hint of a triple concerto with violin and cello—while the finale has the spirit of a high-stepping country dance.

Tchaikovsky’s Fourth Symphony, like Beethoven’s Fifth, presents a Fate motif at the outset. This is an adventurous work carrying listeners through lyrical episodes as well as high drama on the way to the exuberant conclusion.

Minnesota Orchestra Classical Concert

Friday, January 5, 2018, 8 p.m. / Orchestra Hall

Minnesota Orchestra
Osmo Vänskä
, conductor
Kyle Orth, piano 

TCHAIKOVSKY Capriccio italien
                      Piano Concerto No. 2   
                      Symphony No. 4

Tickets: $34 to $96 


Anthony Ross, cello
Anthony Ross has been a soloist many times with the Orchestra, performing concertos by Dvořák, Walton, Brahms, Victor Herbert, James MacMillan, Beethoven, Saint-Saëns, Elgar and Shostakovich, as well as many chamber works. In 2015, he performed Schumann’s Cello Concerto under the direction of the late Stanislaw Skrowaczewski—thereby becoming the final musician to perform a concerto under Skrowaczewski’s baton at Orchestra Hall. An avid chamber musician, Ross is a member of Accordo, an ensemble composed of principal string players from the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra and Minnesota Orchestra; he also plays regularly with the Chamber Music Society of Minnesota and with ensembles of his Orchestra colleagues. More:

Symphony No. 2; Variations on a Rococo Theme; Symphony No. 5
A single horn sings the opening solo of Tchaikovsky’s Second Symphony, which—in typical Tchaikovsky fashion—quotes a variety of Eastern European folk tunes.

From an original theme in the cello, through seven variations and a lively coda, Variations on a Rococo Theme is light, elegant and full of charm.

Tchaikovsky’s popular Fifth Symphony—whose primary theme, he wrote, represents “complete resignation before fate”—is filled with wonderful mottos, orchestral color, balletic beauty and high drama.

Minnesota Orchestra Classical Concerts

Saturday, January 6, 2018, 8 p.m. / Orchestra Hall
Friday, January 12, 2018, 8 p.m. / Orchestra Hall

Please note: This concert is performed on two consecutive weekends. 

Minnesota Orchestra
Osmo Vänskä
, conductor
Anthony Ross, cello

TCHAIKOVSKY            Symphony No. 2
                                Variations on a Rococo Theme
                                Symphony No. 5 

Tickets: $34 to $96


Individual tickets and subscription packages can be purchased online at, or by calling 612-371-5656 (612-371-5642 for subscriptions) or 800-292-4141. Tickets can be purchased in person at the Orchestra Hall Box Office, 1111 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis (Stage Door ticketing is open Monday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Lobby Box Office ticketing begins two hours before all ticketed performances); and at the skyway accessible Minnesota Orchestra Administrative Office, International Centre, 5th floor, 920 Second Avenue South, Minneapolis (open Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.). For more information, call 612-371-5656, or visit For subscriptions, call 612-371-5642 or visit For groups of 10 or more, call 612-371-5662. 

All programs, artists, dates, times and prices subject to change. 

The Star Tribune is the Minnesota Orchestra’s media partner for the 2017-18 season.

This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a Minnesota State Arts Board Operating Support grant, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.



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